Former President Donald Trump claims he saved the planet from a “nuclear holocaust” and boasts about his financial prowess in a newly released video deposition in his fraud lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James. He said he was able to become president “because of the brand.” him and his company.
“I was very busy…I thought this was the most important job in the world, saving millions of lives. I think if I don't deal with North Korea, there will be a nuclear war. If North Korea… “If we don't deal with it, we're going to have a nuclear war.” “I wasn't elected. And if you want to know the truth, there could be a nuclear war right now,” Trump said on April 13, 2023. In his deposition, when asked if he was too busy to run the company, he said: He was in the White House.
Early in his presidency, Trump promised that if North Korea continued to threaten the United States, he would unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” He then became the first sitting president to visit the country, where he met with dictator Kim Jong Un and held nuclear negotiations, which later collapsed.
The full text of his 479-page deposition was released last year, but excerpts of his interrogation video were released by the AG's office on Friday. Mr. James accused Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization of unfairly inflating his assets in order to obtain bank loans at interest rates he was not entitled to. Mr. Trump has maintained that the financial statements that the auditing firm claimed were significantly inflated were actually conservative.
“The billions of dollars in brand value are not included,” Trump said in the affidavit. Although the financial statements clearly state that brand value is not included, the AG's office said that brand value is included for some of the properties listed in the financial statements.
“If I wanted to make a good statement, I probably would have added $10 billion or more for the brand,” Trump said. “So I'm president because of that brand. Okay, I'm president. I think this brand is the most watched brand in the world.”
Trump also argued that the financial statements were essentially worthless because the banks already knew about him. This was the same argument he made when testifying at the trial in November.
Closing arguments in the case will be held on January 11, and Judge Arthur Engoron is expected to issue a verdict in the coming weeks. Mr. James is seeking a $370 million judgment, which his office says represents Mr. Trump's ill-gotten gains through the scheme.